- belonging or pertaining to the suborder Ophidia (Serpentes), comprising the snakes.
- a snake.
Origin of ophidian
Examples from the Web for ophidian
The Ophidian skull is also noticeable for the absence of the jugals and quadratojugals.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
The Myriapods symbolize in a striking manner the Ophidian reptiles.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)
Most of the Ophidian Reptiles are oviparous, but many are ovo-viviparous.Reptiles and Birds
A minute before the comparison was ophidian, now it was feline.The Tigress
His thoughts, thus drawn to Shaw, dwelt on that ophidian personality.The Girl in the Mirror
Elizabeth Garver Jordan
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Ophidia, a suborder of reptiles that comprises the snakes
- any reptile of the suborder Ophidia; a snake
Word Origin and History for ophidian
"pertaining to snakes," 1883, from Greek ophidion, diminutive of ophis "serpent" (see ophio-). Hence, ophiolatry "serpent-worship" (1862), and the 2c. sect of the Ophitæ, who revered the serpent as the symbol of divine wisdom.
- A member of the suborder Ophidia or Serpentes; a snake.